Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew seems to be adept at taking shots at Newcastle since he left us rather quickly in late 2014 to join the London club.
The latest one surrounds his attempts to get Adam Lallana to Newcastle when Adam was still at Southampton.
Newcastle were heavily linked with Alan’s former playmaker at Southampton and it’s coming out that Alan wanted to sign the lad when he was at Newcastle.
And lan has more or less revealed something we already knew – that Graham Carr was the man in charge of recruitment at Newcastle and he had the last word on transfers and it wasn’t Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew while at Newcastle
Pardew must have been frustrated at the club when he wanted players and they were not brought in and the system basically didn’t work.
Graham Carr did well initially in signing some good players for us, but over the last two or three years the players he brought in were players Graham wanted to sign, but all too often had no bearing on strengthening the side.
But that’s what Alan signed up for when he was only too happy to take the Newcastle job back in December 2010 after Chris Hughton had been ruthlessly fired by then Managing Director Derek Llambias.
This is what Alan Pardew said about Lallana when talking before Crystal Palace took on Liverpool over the weekend (and lost 4-2):
“I had him at Southampton and he is a terrific athlete. He is player who has great ability.”
“Once he got introduced in the game against Manchester United, I think you could see the difference in their pressing. I think he’s key to that.”
“He was a player who I was desperate to bring to Newcastle, but the Chief Scout there at the time told me he wasn’t good enough.”
The failed system of recruitment was finally scrapped in the summer when Rafa Benitez agreed to stay, but only if he could have full control of all football matters and that included having the final say on everything in the transfer market.
Newcastle are now being run like a proper football club like it should have been a long long time ago.
And that has in all likelihood has made Pardew feel even more frustrated about his time on Tyneside.
To some extent Alan Pardew was a pawn in the game that owner Mike Ashley was playing at the time, but these sneaky shots at the club are not helping his image at Newcastle.
Alan was looked on for the last couple of years at Newcastle as part of the problem – and he was not popular with the Geordie fans.
And that’s probably a huge understatement right there.